Plus when you apply for a CCW in NYS they tell you flat out "You will not get this permit, would you like to continue or would you like a premises/sportsman permit". They may also be including the denial of a CCW but granting of a lesser permit.
They most certainly do not say that in the whole STATE. There are far more counties in NY that are effectively "shall issue" than not.
Unfortunately, many of the largest population centers are a real problem but it's certainly not the entire state. In most of upstate, there is no trouble getting permits.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
You do not HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.